There are many misconceptions about protein that need to be addressed. Many people believe that consuming any amount of protein will lead to unwanted or overdeveloped muscles, but the truth is that protein actually helps in achieving a slim figure. Calorie-counters tend to stay clear of foods that are rich in protein when in reality they are not getting nearly enough.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 30% of women between age 20 and 40 do not get their daily recommended amount of protein in their diet, and the statistics are only slightly better for men. The major lack of protein intake amongst men and women is a huge contributor to why so many people struggle with their weight management goals. Protein is a key factor not only in losing weight, but in keeping the weight off as well. Let’s “break down” the top reasons why eating protein is the key to achieving your ideal weight.
1. All Calories Are Not Created Equal
Calorie counting is an ineffective dieting method. It does not accurately measure what your body is ingesting and can not be a way to determine how much to eat and/or drink in a day. For example, what would you expect to happen if you got 2,000 calories from processed, high-sugar foods like cereal, soda and candy?
Or, on the other hand, you can get the same 2,000 calories from a diet high in healthy fats and proteins. Such experiments have been conducted and to no surprise, the people who had the high sugar diet put on weight, while the high protein dieters typically lost or maintained their weight.
2. High Protein Foods Burn More Calories
Protein takes a lot of effort from our bodies to metabolize and break down, which has a few implications. The effort exerted to digest the protein that we eat is a process that burns calories. Digesting proteins burns more calories than digesting fats or carbohydrates.
3. High Protein Foods Leave You Feeling Full for Longer